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Kumaoni folk singer Kabutari Devi dies

Press Trust of India  |  Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) 

Famous folk Devi today passed away at a hospital here following a

She was 70, the members of her family said.

The had been living with her daughters after the death of her husband

Devi, whose songs depicted the struggles in the life of Pahari women, shot to fame after her maiden performance at All India Radio, in the 1980s.

"Though my mother had received her education in music from her father, it was my father who recognised her talent and took her to the radio stations to perform," saidthe veteran's daughter, Hemanti Devi, who was with the at the time of her death.

The folk has received several honours, which includes the Ministry of Culture, for her outstanding contribution which echoed the sound of

Devi is remembered by folk historians as an original voice that represented the culture of the hills.

"Her songs were original not only in words but also in terms of the musical instruments used and the nature of depiction.

"In her death, we have lost a voice of the hill culture especially of societies established in the eastern part of Kumaon," folk PD Pant said.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 15:40 IST